Oxney have just launched their first English Sparkling Wine. Look out for a review on Great British Wine in the next week or so, or check out our previous reviews of their Pinot Noir Rosé 2015 & Beccanleah 2015.
Oxney Organic Estate, the winery and vineyard in East Sussex, has launched Classic 2014, its first organic English sparkling wine. Oxney has already won medals for its still rosé and has established a distinctive house style of fruit driven, elegant and dry wines with great acid balance and texture.
The Classic 2014 sparkling wine, made by renowned winemaker David Cowderoy, is available at Oxney’s cellar door at the winery (Oxney Organic Estate, Hobbs Lane, Beckley, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6TU) and online (www.oxneyestate.com).
Classic 2014 is made from chardonnay (40%), pinot noir (30%) and pinot meunier (30%) using the traditional method and has a low dosage of 4g/l. The wine spent a minimum of 20 months on lees and has a delicate and persistent mousse. 2014 was an excellent year at Oxney’s vineyard which now covers over 21 acres and is the third largest organic vineyard in the UK. The wine retails at £33.00.
The Oxney range includes a still white, still rosé and a classic cuvee sparkling. Oxney Organic Estate’s English Pinot Noir Rosé 2015, made by the estate’s winemaker Ben Smith, won the top trophy and gold medal at the English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition 2016. The vineyard in Beckley, just north of Rye in East Sussex, was planted between 2012 and 2014 by Kristin Syltevik who with her partner has established a 850 acre organic farming estate with a diverse range of activities from livestock and arable production to holiday cottages and the vineyard.